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Bin Laden Buried With Islamic Rites in North Arabian Sea

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U.S. service members at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan watch President Obama announce the death of Osama Bin Laden. Source: U.S. Air Force

May 2 (Bloomberg) -- Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, killed in a shootout with U.S. forces in Pakistan, was buried today in the North Arabian Sea in a process that followed Islamic traditions, U.S. officials said.

His body was washed, wrapped in white sheet and placed in weighted bag for burial at sea, the officials said at a briefing in Washington, speaking on the condition that they not be named.

A U.S. military officer gave scripted religious remarks before the body slid into the sea, they said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Viola Gienger in Washington at vgienger@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Terry Atlas at tatlas@bloomberg.net

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